Ek Balam Tours

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Once an ancient Maya town, Ek Balam (meaning “black jaguar” in the Mayan language) is now one of the largest archaeological sites in Mexico, famous for its 96-foot-tall (29-meter-tall) Acropolis, a stone temple that offers picturesque jungle views from its peak. Don’t miss the jaguar motifs peppered around the site’s numerous structures. 

The Basics
Situated about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the popular tourist destination of Chichen Itza, Ek Balam isn’t quite as popular as its massive neighbor, making it less crowded. The attraction offers a chance to imagine Maya culture as it was thousands of years ago. 

Ek Balam tours typically include hotel pickup and drop-off, and leave from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and other Riviera Maya destinations. Excursions range from a half day to a full day, and often visit other popular attractions such as Tulum Archaeological Site, the ruins at Chichen Itza, and nearby cenotes (underground lakes). Private tours are available for a personalized experience, and some day trips include a personal photographer. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ek Balam is a must-see for history buffs and culture lovers. 
  • The Caribbean sun can get very hot and there isn’t much shade at Ek Balam, so remember to bring sun protection and plenty water.
  • It’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes so you can explore the ruins at length. 

How to Get There
Ek Balam is located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, roughly two hours by road from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. You can get there by taxi, rental car, or guided tour. The closest international airport is in Cancun. 

When to Get There
Ek Balam is busiest from December through April, when the weather tends to be sunny and warm. There are fewer crowds during hurricane season (May through October), but be sure to check the weather for storms if you plan to participate in outdoor activities.

What to See Near Ek Balam
The nearby Quintana Roo region is full of attractions, both natural and man-made. Nearby Playa del Carmen is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and shopping. The Maya ruins at Coba are also a must-see, with a 138-foot-high (42-meter-high) stone pyramid. The archaeological sites of Tulum and Chichen Itza are also great spots to explore. For an island getaway, visit the shores of Isla Mujeres or Cozumel. 

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Address: Ek Balam, The Yucatan, Mexico
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Hubiku Cenote Tour from Cancun

Discover the cultural history and natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula on this day trip from Cancun. At the Maya cities of Chichen Itza and Ek’ Balam, learn about this ancient civilization as you explore archaeological ruins with a knowledgeable guide. You’ll also visit Cenote Hubiku to cool off with a swim in the natural pool. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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US$125.00
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Rio Lagartos, Coloradas & Ek Balam Cenote from Cancun

Discover Yucatan’s often-overlooked natural attractions on a day tour to Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Ek'Balam from Cancun. Along the way, visit a crocodile sanctuary, capture unique snaps by a pink lagoon, and cool off in the refreshing waters of a cenote. Avoid hidden costs with round-trip transfer, a boat ride, and lunch included in the price.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Private Tour: Flamingos, Maya Temples, Rio Lagartos and Ek Balam

Tour archeological sites, encounter the incredible wildlife of Rio Lagartos and get an up close look at Mayan temples during this day trip from Cancun that's perfect for the entire family. Whether you're traveling with children or adventuring with friends, this private excursion is the ideal way to see it all.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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US$440.00
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RIO LAGARTOS AND COLORADAS FROM CANCUN

Explore the natural treasures of the Yucatan Peninsula—including a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve—during this comprehensive day trip from Cancun. Bird lovers will delight in the birdlife to be seen on a boat ride around the wetlands of Rio Lagartos. Marvel at the vivid pink hues of Las Coloradas and take a swim in the cenote at Ek Balam. Lunch and beverages are served.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Rio Lagartos, Coloradas & Ek Balam Cenote

Discover the wildlife and natural wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula on this full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Admire the stunning pink-colored lagoons of Las Coloradas, visit the Crododile Sanctuary, and cool off with a swim in the Ek Balam cenote. Finally, cruise through the mangroves of the Rio Lagartos and look out for birds such as flamingos, cormorants, ospreys, and pelicans.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Private Tour: Chichen Itza, Ek Balam Cenote, and Tequila Factory

Tour two important archaeological sites of the Yucatán Peninsula on this private day trip from Cancun. A personal guide accompanies you via air-conditioned transport to Ek Balam and Chichen Itza. Wander on foot past famous pyramids such as Kukulkan while you listen to riveting commentary about the former Maya inhabitants. Then swim in a cenote, a limestone sinkhole filled with crystalline water. Lunch plus a tequila factory visit are included in your full-day itinerary.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Ek Balam, Rio Lagartos, and Tequila Private Tour from Cancun

Tour the archaeological ruins of Ek Balam, then see flocks of pink flamingos and soak in a salt lagoon at Rio Lagartos on this private day trip. Learn about the ancient Maya civilization from an informative personal guide and climb up the Acropolis, one of the largest pyramids of the Yucatán Peninsula. In addition, visit a tequila factory and stop for an included lunch. Private transport is available from Cancun hotels.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun

See the ancient Maya city of Ek Balam, a migratory bird sanctuary, and a tequila factory on a full-day, private tour from Cancun that goes off the beaten track to explore the Yucatan’s history, wildlife, and culture. This 12-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Cancun, entrance fees, and a boat trip through the Gulf Coast mangroves.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Tour: Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Cenote and Tequila Factory from Tulum

Visit two dramatically different Maya sites on a full-day tour from Tulum to Ek Balam and Chichen Itza, then pause to swim in a cenote and visit a tequila factory. With the flexibility and personal service of a private guide, you’ll make the trip from Tulum to Ek Balam and Chichen Itza in a climate-controlled vehicle, then explore carvings, ball courts, and towering pyramids surrounded by thick jungle. This full-day tour is the perfect introduction to Maya archeology, and it includes pickup and drop-off in Tulum, entrance fees, and lunch.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$110.00
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Chichen Itza And Ek Balam Private Photography Tour

Get a new perspective on Chichen Itza and Ek Balam's Mayan ruins in a new light during this 10-hour tour led by a professional photographer. With your local guide, a professional photographer, get guidance on how to capture the best shots of the ruins at Chichen Itza while you learn about the history and culture of the ancient Mayans. Continue to Ek Balam for more stunning photo ops of what the Mayans considered 'a portal to the other world'. This private tour ensures personalized attention from your guide and includes both a buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from your Cancun accommodations.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Ik Kil Cenote, Lunch

Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this jam-packed full-day tour that hits all of the famous Mayan sites around the Riviera Maya. With private transportation from Riviera Maya or Cancun, visit Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and the Ik Kil cenote with a dedicated guide. All entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Day Trip: Ek Balam and Chichen Itza with Cenote and Tequila Factory

Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this private day trip to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. After touring the important archaeological sites, take a swim in a nearby cenote. Then quench your thirst with a visit to a local tequila factory. Round-trip private transportation is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Ek Balam, Bird Sanctuary, Tequila Tour from Playa del Carmen or Tulum

Visit an ancient Maya city surrounded by thick jungle, then take a small-boat tour through a thriving bird sanctuary on a full-day tour to Ek Balam and the Gulf Coast. You’ll see fascinating art and architecture depicting the Maya underworld, watch for caimans and brilliant pink flamingos, then taste locally-made tequila in a nearby factory, with the personal service of a private guide throughout the day. This full-day private tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, as well as all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Tour: Ek Balam and Pink Flamingoes Sanctuary with Photographer from Cancun, Tulum or Riviera Maya

Visit an ancient Maya city and a coastal bird sanctuary on a full-day, private tour with transport from hotels in Cancun, Tulum, or the Rivera Maya that includes all entrance fees. Travel with a photographer guide for professional images of the trip, as you explore El Balam, spot flocks of flamingos, and tour the Rio Lagartos mangroves by boat.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour from Playa del Carmen

Spend a day exploring ancient Maya cities and an underground pool on a 12-hour tour from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam. Visiting both Maya sites offers the chance to experience the most iconic ruins in the Yucatan, then tour a lesser-visited gem with vivid frescoes and a fascinating history. This 12-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off in Playa del Carmen, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch, and it’s limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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8-Day Yucatan Peninsula: Small-Group Tour from Cancun Including Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balam and Tulum

Uncover the mystifying mysteries of the ancient Mayans on an enriching and explorative 8-day tour of the Yucatan’s most significant archeological sites from Cancun. On this personalized small-group tour, explore the ancient World Wonder of Chichen Itza with a knowledgeable guide. Delve other atmospheric ruins such as Uxmal, El Baklam, Tulum and more, while gaining fascinating insight into the unique culture and intriguing history of the region. Travel in comfort, feast upon sublime local specialties and luxuriate in lavish hotel accommodations during your spectacular journey through the Yucatan Peninsula.
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Hubiku Cenote Combo Tour

This intriguing full-day tour from Playa del Carmen combines two prominent archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula: Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. A professional guide points out El Castillo (The Castle), aka the Temple of Kukulcan, among other landmarks, then accompanies you to Ek Balam with free time to climb the main pyramid. In between, visit Hubiku Cenote for a swim and dig into a buffet lunch. Numbers are limited to 10 people to provide a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam Day Trip

This comprehensive tour combines two significant archeological sites of the Yucatán Peninsula: Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Let a guide accompany you around the ruins and explain their significance. This day trip from Playa del Carmen includes hotel transport, breakfast, beverages, a buffet lunch plus a swim in Cenote Hubiku.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku and Ek Balam Day Tour

Make the most of your vacation in Playa del Carmen during a combo tour that visits Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam. Learn about the ancient Maya as you explore some of Yucatan's highlights, traveling between attractions with ease in an air-conditioned minivan. During the tour, you’ll also have time to shop for souvenirs. Plus, entrance fees, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Ek Balam Ruins and Cenote Maya Park Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Explore one of the Yucatan's more newly discovered Maya sites—Ek Balam—on a cultural tour from Playa del Carmen. Embark on a full-day visit to these archaeological ruins as well as Cenote Maya Park, an adventure park with a superb natural setting, and get the most out of the Yucatan's vast offerings. Climb to the top of Ek Balam's Acropolis pyramid, discover hidden temples cloaked in dense jungle canopy and wander among ancient statues; then spend the rest of the day swimming in a natural sinkhole, cave rappelling and rainforest ziplining.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya Park

Spend some time beyond Cancun exploring Ek Balam, one of the Yucatán's newer excavation sites. Embark on a guided tour of this ancient Mayan wonder, learning its history, wandering among its plazas and even scaling its main pyramid for incredible jungle views. Then continue on to Cenote Maya Park, where your choices for adventure are endless. Take a refreshing dip in natural pool, zipline through tropical forest canopy, rappel into a cave or shop for handmade Maya crafts. Savor a delicious meal of traditional Maya eats before returning to Cancun.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Ek Balam and Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins and Cenote Combo Tour

Experience a bit of the Yucatan Peninsula's Maya culture and natural wonders on this day trip from Cancun to Ek’ Balam and Cenote Hubiku or Xcajum cenote (sinkhole). At Ek’ Balam, learn about the archaeological ruins and restoration efforts of this ancient Maya city. Then head to the cenote, a naturally formed underground pool, to cool off with a swim.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Chichen Itza and Xcajum Cenote Day Trip

Reach two of Mexico’s most impressive attractions during this action-packed, double-duty guided tour, which takes you to Chichen-Itza archaeological site and Xcajum cenote. Relax and settle back for an all-inclusive experience, cutting the hassle of getting to each location. Enjoy unlimited drinks, air-conditioned transportation, an expert guide, and a regional buffet lunch. Top off your visit to the immense ancient ruins with a refreshing dip in turquoise waters.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Ek Balam Express Mayan Ruins Tour from Cancun and Riviera Maya

Discover Maya culture on this full-day tour from Cancun and Riviera. Learn about the archaeological ruins and restoration efforts of Ek’ Balam with a guide, who shares information about this ancient Maya city. Afterwards, head on over to Valladolid, a colonial town full of Spanish conquest history.    
  • Duration: 7 hours
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